Applying for Aid

Why am I being required to submit a 2022 student tax return?

There are two reasons this requirement is triggered. (1) You reported on your FAFSA or CSS Profile application that you, the student, filed a 2022 federal tax return and/or (2) - For returning CC students - you received taxable scholarship and grant income that requires you file a federal tax return.

If you did not file a 2022 tax return, and are not required to file a tax return, but earned income in 2022, you need to submit a CC non-filer form.

Why am I being required to submit a student W2?

On the FAFSA or CSS Profile application you reported that you, the student, earned taxed wages during 2022. If you did not work for a company/organization in 2022, but earned income in 2022, you need to submit a CC non-filer form.

Why am I being required to submit a Non-Custodial Parent CSS Profile Application (Household B)?

Colorado College expects both parents to contribute to a student’s college expenses. On the CSS Profile (or on the Admission Financial Aid Supplement) you reported that your parents are not married.

For more information on how to complete this requirement, visit the CSS Profile webpage for divorced or separated parents.

What must I submit to fulfill a custom requirement request?

If your requirement checklist displays a custom requirement document please first check your (the student's) personal and/or CC email account (as applicable) for a clarification email from the CC Financial Aid Office.  If you have not received a recent email from the financial aid office regarding specific missing requirements, please contact our office directly for more information.

What must I submit to fulfill a clarification email request?

If your requirement checklist displays a clarification email "document" please first check your (the student's) personal and/or CC email account (as applicable) for an email from the CC Financial Aid Office requesting answers to clarifying questions.  If you have not received a recent email from the financial aid office regarding clarifying questions, please contact our office directly for more information.

Why is my FAFSA being federally rejected?

Your FAFSA Application is being federally rejected for financial aid packaging. Please review your FAFSA Submission SUmmary by loggin into StudentAid.gov for more infomration and guidance related to resolving the rejection. 

Disbursement & Enrollment

Do I need to check in? How do I check in to receive my aid?

Yes, every student must complete the check-in process through Self Service Banner the week prior to their first class. The process is not open until then, so this cannot be completed early. Aid cannot disburse until this process is completed online. For further questions on the check-in process, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@coloradocollege.edu.

When will my aid disburse to my bill?

Aid will disburse the first week you attend class in a semester as long as you have completed the check-in process through Self Service Banner. If you do not attend Block 1, your aid will remain estimated until you begin Block 2 or the first block you are enrolled in. For further questions regarding the disbursement of aid, please contact Financial Aid at financialaid@coloradocollege.edu.


I have accepted my student loans. How will my loans be disbursed?

Loans will disburse directly to your student account at the same time as your grants/scholarships, only after you have completed the online check-in through Banner Self Service and completed the entrance counseling and master promissory note found at www.studentaid.gov. If your accepted grant and loan aid exceeds your direct charges, the remaining funds will be refunded on the standard refund schedule through Student Accounts.

How will my aid be applied? For example, do my loans go straight to tuition only, to room & board, to my meal plan, etc?

We adhere to the principle that paying for college is a partnership between the parent(s)/guardian, the student, and the College. All funding is combined to meet the full cost of attendance and grant dollars from the College are applied after the family contribution and student self-help. The 1098-T form that is sent to you at the end of the year will show, however, all grants toward tuition first, as this is an IRS requirement. This does not mean we look at it that way as a college, but must be federally compliant. 

If I drop a course at any point what will happen to my aid?

If you choose to drop a course, whether it is taught online or in person, you may be considered a withdrawn student per federal regulations unless you return to class within 30 days during the same semester. If you are a student who chooses to drop courses and this adjusts your enrollment status below full time (3 units between Block 1 and 4, or 3 units between Block 5 and 8), then your aid will need to be adjusted to less than full time and this will affect your bill. For some, this may reduce what you owe or create a larger balance. For those who have received any refund, you may owe a portion of it back immediately.

If I take a semester off what will happen?

If a student chooses not to attend the fall or spring semester, they will be reported to student loan lenders as enrolled at least half-time for the fall semester. This means that any loans that have been borrowed previously will go into repayment. Federal Direct student loans offer a 6 six-month grace period after a student is no longer enrolled at least half-time before they go into repayment status. Please pay attention to any attempts by your loan servicer(s) to contact you.

  • You can find out who your loan servicer(s) is/are by logging into the National Student Loan Data System. Once you are again enrolled at least half-time in classes at CC your loans should go back to deferred status. Please contact the CC Registrar's office at registrar@coloradocollege.edu if you have questions about the reporting of your enrollment status to your loan servicer(s).
  • Students will also have their aid adjusted to what their actual enrollment represents. For students who expect to use financial aid to help pay for room and board while they are not in class, this is not an option. Financial aid is based on enrollment in the class, so if this is a concern, students should plan to enroll in classes.
  • For further questions regarding taking time off, please contact Financial Aid at financialaid@coloradocollege.edu.

Financial Aid & Housing

If I am a student on financial aid and will be living at home and on campus at varying times during a semester, how will this affect my financial aid?

The Office of Financial Aid recommends you reach out to the CC Housing office at housing@coloradocollege.edu to inquire about your housing charge. Once the Housing office has submitted your updated charges the Office of Student Accounts will adjust your charges. Once those two steps are complete, the Office of Financial Aid is then able to determine your financial aid eligibility.

Will I receive a refund of financial aid if I am living off-campus for a semester in a Colorado Springs residence?

Because the cost of attendance will not be adjusted in this scenario a student's financial aid will not be adjusted. Charges for housing will be adjusted by the CC Student Accounts Office based on how much a student utilizes campus housing options and meal plans during the semester. If a student's total accepted grant, scholarship, and/or loan awards exceed their CC charges for the semester they will receive a refund of financial aid.

How will advances work for off-campus housing?

Advances can be issued to students who are due a refund from their financial aid for the semester. For students who need to have part of their funds (up to $1,000) prior to the start of class to help pay for expenses, you can request an advance from the Financial Aid Office. Advances are not possible until 45 days prior to your first registered class. If you choose to drop your first block after an advance, please note that it will be due back to the college. An advance will reduce your remaining refund eligibility for the semester. For further questions regarding advances of aid, please contact Financial Aid at financialaid@coloradocollege.edu.


More Questions?

For more information on billing, please visit the Student Accounts page.

For additional questions regarding billing, please contact Student Accounts at studentaccounts@coloradocollege.edu or by phone at (719) 389-6698.

Student Employment/Work Study

Can I work remotely if I live outside of Colorado?

No, due to varying state tax laws students are unable to work remotely after block 1 if they do not reside in the state of Colorado.

I will be residing in Colorado either off campus or on campus. Can I continue to work? If so, what are the requirements for working?

Students are able to work remotely if residing within the state of Colorado. Students must present documentation to their supervisor(s) of their residence. Most commonly produced documents will be state ID, utility bills in the student's name, lease agreement, or some other form of documentation showing their residence.

How do I find a student employment job?

Students will search and apply for student employment jobs through Handshake. Handshake is accessed through the Single Sign On page. 

How will my work study amount be affected if I choose to make up or take extra classes over the summer?

Your work-study award is based on Blocks 1-8. Summer employment is different.

If the student declines to work due to COVID19 concerns, what will happen to their pay and/or work-study award?

We understand that some employees may not feel comfortable completing their employment duties due to the pandemic. As hourly employees, this is their choice. However, if they are not working these hours, they will not receive pay for working. We would encourage students who feel this way to search for other job openings on campus that are more comfortable for them.

If a student employee is awarded a work-study award there will not be any effect on their financial aid package for not working. They will not earn their work-study award amount. Note that a work-study award does not provide a guaranteed payout. Instead, a work-study award provides hiring preference and the ability to work off-campus with a CC community-based partner. Students must work in order to earn funds from student employment programs/awards at Colorado College.


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